Amber and Her Mom, 1985
Dr. Sylvester DeVaux, 2008
Thrive 2011

Amber’s experience with holistic medicine began at the age of 5 when she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, an Auto-Immune disease that causes the immune system to attack the soft tissues within the joints. After being in and out of hospitals for two years, her mother had given up hope as she watched Amber’s condition deteriorate to the point that she was relying on a wheelchair to try and maintain a normal lifestyle. At the age of 7, a friend of the family suggested she be taken to see Dr. Sylvester DeVaux, a Naturopath who would travel to the United States a few times a year from Saint Lucia to help those seeking holistic and alternative therapies. Dr. DeVaux had 2 visits with Amber and made recommendations using modalities such as Iridology, and Nutritional Muscle Response Testing (both offered at Thrive) and within three weeks of starting nutritional changes and supplementation, her symptoms began to subside and she started on a path which let to a full recovery.

The process took several years but Amber was completely cleared of Rheumatoid Arthritis by the time she reached her teens. Dr. DeVaux and his practices of holistic and natural ways of living became Amber’s life long inspiration and when a dear friend fell ill with Cancer in the Spring of 2002, Amber decided to pursue her certifications in Holistic Health Care and Holistic Nutrition to offer support. During this time she was working as a research associate for a biotech company in Washington D.C. and for many years continued her education and training in supplements and nutrition, using the knowledge she learned only to help friends and family. In 2009, Amber was invited by Dr. Victoria Goldsten, Founder of The Washington Institute of Natural Medicine in Washington D.C., to begin teaching for the Institute and she began seeing clients professionally in Pennsylvania.

Amber’s inspiration to open a wellness center in Northeastern Pennsylvania came from her graduating students asking where they should work. Amber realized there was a real need for a holistic/integrative and alternative wellness focused healing center in the area. Thrive’s doors opened November, 17th, 2011 and with the support of the incredible staff and practitioners, has been actively serving and supporting the community ever since. The mission of Thrive is to educate and empower individuals to understand that they have options when it comes to their health. Thrive offers a variety of alternative healing services and modalities and supports the growth and development of Holistic Practitioners and Therapists that want to support community members with physical, mental, and spiritual healing. Thrive is sourced from a true passion to help people. Only those that share this great passion, coming from a place of love and true dedication to this mission, are accepted into partnership to offer education, services, and care to Thrive’s clients. Please come and take a tour of Thrive and experience for yourself the amazing love, support, and opportunities waiting for you there.